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Incendiary circumstances : a chronicle of the turmoil of our times

Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Novelist and journalist Ghosh has offered firsthand accounts of pivotal world events over the past twenty years. He is an essential voice in forums like The Nation, the New York Times, the New Republic, Granta, and The New Yorker. This book brings together the finest of these pieces for the first time--including many never before published in the U.S.--in a compelling chronicle of the turmoil of our times. In his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Amitav Ghosh
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amitav Ghosh
ISBN: 9780618378067 0618378065 9780618872213 0618872213
OCLC Number: 60321504
Description: x, 305 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The town by the sea --
Imperial temptations --
September 11th --
The greatest sorrow : times of joy recalled in wretchedness --
"The ghat of the only world" : Agha Shahid Ali in brooklyn --
Countdown --
The march of the novel through history : the testimony of my grandfather's bookcase --
The fundamentalist challenge --
Petrofiction : the oil encounter and the novel --
Dancing in Cambodia --
At large in Burma --
The ghosts of Mrs. Gandhi --
An Egyptian in Baghdad --
The human comedy in Cairo --
Tibetan dinner --
Four corners --
The Imam and the Indian.
Responsibility: Amitav Ghosh.
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Novelist and journalist Ghosh has offered firsthand accounts of pivotal world events over the past twenty years. He is an essential voice in forums like The Nation, the New York Times, the New Republic, Granta, and The New Yorker. This book brings together the finest of these pieces for the first time--including many never before published in the U.S.--in a compelling chronicle of the turmoil of our times. In his travels he has walked amid the devastation of the 2004 tsunami, stood on an icy mountaintop on the contested border between India and Pakistan, interviewed Pol Pot's sister-in-law in Cambodia, shared the elation of Egyptians when Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize, and stood with his threatened Sikh neighbors through the riots following Indira Gandhi's assassination. With intelligence and authentic sympathy, he "illuminates the human drama behind the headlines" (Publishers Weekly). Incendiary Circumstances is testimony of an era defined by the ravages of politics and nature.--From publisher description.

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